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Episode 14 – Mother to Chimpanzees of Tchimpounga, Rebeca Atencia

Jane has been working with Dr. Rebeca Atencia for over 16 years, and they have many stories to tell! Dr. Atencia is the head veterinarian of JGI’s Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center and Executive Director of JGI Congo. When we listen to this episode, we are inspired by the shared hope they place in the world’s caregivers, rescuers, and advocates for chimpanzees and all wildlife.

Listen to the episode to hear “the mother of the chimpanzees of Tchimpounga,” as Jane calls her, share her many stories – including the incredible time one chimpanzee saved Rebeca’s life.


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About Author

Kira is a current Communications & Policy Intern at the Jane Goodall Institute and recent graduate of Smith College, majoring in anthropology and minoring in art history. During her time at Smith, she developed a deep interest in the field of anthrozoology and found ways to incorporate this interest into her curriculum. This included doing an independent research project on elephant iconography in the U.S. and studying wildlife management abroad in Tanzania. She’s also a huge nerd who’s recently gotten into D&D, and she has a particular fondness for snakes.